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The Sophisticated Ladies: The Sophisticated Ladies Play Ellington

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To successfully play a set of standards by Duke Ellington--such as pianist Marie Louise Schmidt, bassist Helle Marstrand, drummer Benita Haastrup and horn player Christina Dahl do on The Sophisticated Ladies play Ellington--requires musicians to become arrangers.

After all, many people are familiar with “Caravan," “In A Sentimental Mood," and Ellington's other master works. ...

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European Youth Jazz Orchestra: Swinging Europe 2006

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European Youth Jazz Orchestra
Swinging Europe 2006
Music Mecca
2006



What a great (one is almost tempted to say “civilized") idea: an orchestra composed of young musicians from sixteen European countries (and one from America), touring the Continent for three weeks and presenting a series of concerts under ...

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Simon Spang-Hanssen: Ear Witness

Read "Ear Witness" reviewed by Annika Westman

Ear Witness--whose members are from Denmark, Hungary, Mauritius, and Cameroon--is not exactly your average jazz quartet. To be a bit more precise, let's call this music what it is: funky fusion. Ear Witness is one of Danish saxophonist Simon Spang-Hanssen's many projects, and he wrote eight of its pieces (the ninth is a group composition). Each ...

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Peter Brem: Peter Brem BIG Band / I Knew Orla Leans

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In March I reviewed Natural Connections, the second album by composer/arranger Peter Brem’s superb Denmark-based big band. Herewith the first of its albums, recorded in March ’98, and the most recent, I Knew Orla Leans, from December ‘01, featuring the well-known Danish pianist Carsten Dahl.

Brem wrote and scored everything on both albums except for Dahl’s ...

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The Peter Brem Big Band: Natural Connections

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In reviewing a recent album by the Klüvers Big Band, I noted that Denmark, whose population is less than six million, is home to at least three world-class Jazz orchestras. Make that four.

Natural Connections, the second album by composer/arranger Peter Brem’s state-of-the-art big band, is an electrifying tour de force in which the ensemble puts ...

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Kl: Reflections

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Even though the notion may defy logic, Denmark, a country of less than six million extending from northern Europe’s Jutland peninsula, boasts no fewer than three world-class big bands—the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, pianist/composer Jan Kaspersen’s Special Occasion Band, and this one, the terrific Klüvers Big Band from Aarhus. Klüvers, which takes its name from leader ...